Karabus awaits final clearance documentation

2013-05-13 11:12

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South African doctor Cyril Karabus is waiting for final clearance documentation and could leave the United Arab Emirates (UAE) tomorrow afternoon, his lawyer said.

“We’ve got a strong feeling that tomorrow [Tuesday] afternoon he would be on a plane,” Michael Bagraim said today.

The 78-year-old paediatric oncologist has been detained in the UAE since August 18, after being sentenced in absentia for the death of a Yemeni girl he treated for leukaemia in 2002.

Karabus was acquitted on March 21, and won an appeal, but his return to South Africa was delayed because he was on the UAE’s database as a fugitive from justice.

His bail money of R250 000 was returned to him last week.

Bagraim said that Karabus needed only one, final signature from the UAE’s interior department on his final clearance to authorise his departure from the country.

Karabus’s passport would be returned to him with this document.

“I spoke to [Karabus] earlier and he is very positive,” Bagraim said.

“He said: ’One signature, and I’m off,’.... We are waiting with bated breath.”

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